The Global Presidential Conclave on the Future of Higher Education


The three-day Presidential Conclave will bring together approximately 40 prominent university presidents and rectors, leaders of major national and international organizations, and world leaders committed to higher education. These Presidential Conclave members will meet to develop global proclamations on the future of higher education. The Conclave will address critical worldwide issues in higher education and will advance an agenda for higher-education opportunity, access, and excellence. The published Presidential Conclave proclamations will ensure that the conversation begun during the Conclave continues and that the agenda outlined in each proclamation is implemented.

Conference attendees will have opportunities to interact with these leaders from different countries and universities throughout the conference.

Detailed Events for the Global Presidential Conclave
Wednesday, May 30 – Friday, June 1, 2012

Attending Presidents


Agenda (PDF)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

  • 3:00PM – 8:00PM: Registration (Sykes Student Union)
  • 5:00PM: Shuttle from hotel to West Chester University
  • 6:00PM – 8:00PM: Opening Reception (Sykes Student Union)
  • 8:00PM: Shuttle to hotel

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
  • 8:30AM: Shuttle to West Chester University
  • 9:00AM – 10:15AM: Knowledge Crossing Borders Conference Opening Session- Keynote Address – Dr. Olman Segura-Bonilla, Executive President of the National Institute of Education (INA) Costa Rica (Asplundh Concert Hall, Philips Memorial Building )
  • 10:30AM – 12:00 Noon: Global Presidential Conclave Orientation and Discussion
    Session #1: Impact of Technology on Higher Education
    Dr. James Garner Ptaszynski, Senior Director,
    World Wide Higher Education, Microsoft Corporation
  • 12:00 Noon – 1:00PM: Complimentary lunch
  • 1:00PM – 2:30PM: Discussion
    Session #2: Promoting Global Peace Through Education,
    Dr. Steinar Opstad, Board of Directors, American College of Norway
  • 3:00PM – 4:30PM: Discussion
    Session #3: Higher Education's Role in Economic Development and Combating Poverty,
    Dr. Muriel Howard, President, American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
  • 5:00PM – 6:00PM: Hugo Sanchez exhibit and reception (Knauer Gallery)
  • 6:00PM – 6:45PM: Percussion Ensemble performance (Adler Theatre)
  • 6:45PM – 7:20PM: Reception hosted by President and Mrs. Weisenstein
    (Tanglewood, President's residence)
  • 7:20PM – 7:40PM: Shuttle runs from Tanglewood to Philips Autograph Library
  • 7:45PM – 8:45PM: Dinner hosted by President and Mrs. Weisenstein
    (Philips Autograph Library)
  • 9:00PM: Shuttle to hotel

Thursday, May 31, 2012
  • 8:30AM: Shuttle to West Chester University
  • 9:00AM – 10:15AM: Knowledge Crossing Borders Conference General Session-
    Keynote Address – Dr. Muriel Howard, President, American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) (Asplundh Concert Hall, Philips Memorial Building)
  • 10:30AM – 12:00 Noon: Global Presidential Conclave Discussion
    Session #4: Promoting Ethical Behavior and Ethical Decision Making: The Role of Higher Education,
    Dr. Betty L. Siegel, President Emeritus and Distinguished Chair, Kennesaw State University, and Endowed Chair, Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics & Character
  • 12:00 Noon – 1:00PM: Complimentary lunch
  • 1:00PM – 2:30PM: Discussion
    Session #5: International Cooperation Across Institutions of Higher Education, Dr. John Cavanaugh, Chancellor, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education
  • 3:00PM – 4:30PM: Discussion
    Session #6: Responsibility of Higher Education in Advancing Health Care Globally,
    David Holveck, President and Chief Executive Officer, Endo Pharmaceuticals
  • 6:00PM – 8:00 PM: Complimentary Conference Banquet and Keynote Address- Dr. James Ptaszynski, Senior Director, World Wide Higher Education, Microsoft Corporation (Sykes Ballrooms)
  • 8:30PM: Shuttle to hotel

Friday, June 1, 2012
  • 8:30AM: Shuttle to West Chester University
  • 9:00AM – 10:15AM: Knowledge Crossing Borders Conference General Session –
    Keynote Address – Dr. Steinar Opstad, Board of Directors, American College of Norway (Asplundh Concert Hall, Philips Memorial Building )
  • 10:30AM – 11:45 AM: Global Presidential Conclave concluding discussion session and writing assignments – Dr. Greg Weisenstein, President, West Chester University
  • 12:00 Noon – 2:00PM: Complimentary lunch and Closing Ceremony for the Knowledge Crossing Borders Conference (including brief summary of Conclave outcomes) – Dr. Greg Weisenstein, President, West Chester University
  • 2:00PM to evening: Optional cultural-exchange tours (details provided with Conference information)